A foster mom in Tacoma, Washington, says that she would rather give up a two-week-old baby in her care than get vaccinated against the flu.
Under a new Washington State law, foster families must have everyone in their home vaccinated if they have foster children under the age of two.
"I've done a lot of research on it and I don't like some of the side effects that it has," foster mom Jamie Smith told KOMO (video below).
Smith believes that mercury in the vaccine can somehow cause damage to human brains, but didn't cite the source of her research. Smith is not going to get vaccinated or have her other foster children vaccinated.
"To me they're more important, their safety, than trying to fight to keep this little guy," added Smith.
Smith's husband, an electrician, did get vaccinated because he works at a local hospital that requires its employees to get flu shots.
"I'm hoping that we can raise enough of a voice that the state will at least give waivers or do something to try to make it so the children won't be taken out of their homes," stated Smith.
Smith may have been referring to thimerosal, which contains a very small amount of mercury (1 microgram or less), and is used as a preservative in some medications, such as flu shots, to prevent life-threatening contamination, notes the FDA.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Evidence from several studies examining trends in vaccine use and changes in autism in children does not support such an association between thimerosal and autism. And a scientific review by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) concluded that 'the evidence favors rejection of a causal relationship between thimerosal–containing vaccines and autism.' CDC supports the IOM conclusion that there is no relationship between vaccines and autism rates in children."
Slate.com reported in 2005 that Denmark removed thimerosal from its vaccines in 1992, but the country's autism rate actually increased.